CHICO, Calif. - Sierra Nevada Brewery hosted a Thanksgiving event for Camp Fire victims in an effort to bring people together on the holiday.
Action News Now reporter Christina Vitale spoke with evacuees attending the event, who said that they took comfort in catching up with neighbors.
"The best part is seeing people we know and finding out they made it out ok so that's a big relief," said Carol Wright, a Paradise resident.
Many other evacuees said the event meant a lot to them, even if it wasn't the Thanksgiving that they had originally planned.
"It means almost everything because everybody's so dispersed and to be able to even touch base with anybody has been a struggle and when you can at least sit down and visit for a while and have a meal," said Keith O'Brien, a resident of Paradise. "There is nowhere else to go."
John Farrell, captain with Oakland Fire, spent his Thanksgiving with his team volunteering that the brewery. Some helped serve food to the evacuees. Farrell said helping out with an event like this is helping him cope with the recovery process.
"For me personally, it's helping me cope with a lot of this issues," Farrell said. "You know, I'm a father and have a family and I can't imagine losing that and its just other people are doing. I think its just as important to help in the healing process as much as it is in the suppression effort."
Ken Grossman, founder of Sierra Nevada Brewery, has also been spearheading many projects to assist with Camp Fire evacuees.
"We decided the community really needed to come together and there are so many people displaced that we thought we'd try and pull off a big Thanksgiving and bring people together to at least have a couple hour break from some of their troubles that I'm sure they've been thinking about all the time now," Grossman said.
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